About Me

안녕하세요! My name is Angeli. I’m 26 years old and I am a survivor of Super Typhoon Haiyan. With the help of free online resources and university textbooks, I taught myself how to speak Korean language which became a way for me to be able to get a job at a South Korean military base camp where I met awesome people who taught me valuable life lessons.

The reason why I’m learning Korean is my unending love for Korean entertainment. I spent sleepless nights to finish an entire Korean drama series, I cried over celebrities that I adored a lot, I listened to thousands of Korean songs. But I didn’t like having to wait for people to upload English subtitles or translations so I decided to learn the language after graduating from college. It’s a beautiful language that I get frustrated when some emotions get lost in translation whenever I try to translate Korean to English because some things just can’t be translated and you just have to feel it. 

My greatest achievement so far was joining the annual Korean speech contest hosted by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines. My first attempt was in July 2015 and I grabbed the 3rd place then I decided to give it another try and joined again in April 2016 and luckily got the 1st place. Other than the trophy, I get to go on an all-expense paid trip to Korea and I will get to attend classes for a week in Kyunghee University. In a matter of weeks, I will be flying to Korea for the first time.

Meloncreme.net was created not only to write about my Korean learning experience but I’m hoping to be able to meet new friends through this blog. You don’t have to know/speak Korean to be my friend. :)

13 Comments

  1. Hi Angeli, it’s me Kat from underneaththestarss :) I just wanna let you know I’ve moved to seoulcrystal.wordpress.com

    If you don’t mind changing the my link you have on your blog and following me there, please do. Thanks girl!

  2. Hi Angeli :) thanks for following my blog and I’m also a Korean learner ^^ and although I don’t actually think I am good as you I hope we can help each other out in the future :)

    And by the way :) I’m Kirsten (although most people call me Kay for short) and its lovely to meet another Korean learner like myself :)

  3. Hi Angeli! I like your blog. So you speak three languages? I’m so impressed! I’ve been studying Korean for several months now. I became a little interested when our Korean foreign exchange student arrived in August 2012, but, like you, I got really interested when I started watching Korean dramas. Now I also really like the Kpop group INFINITE. Thank you for your book recommendation. I just ordered Korean Grammar in Use (both books) and am anxiously waiting for them to arrive. I’m studying Korean with my older daughters (ages 10-12), which helps me practice. We check our grammar by asking our exchange student if we’re saying it right, lol. I also want to take a trip next year to Korea and be able to communicate easily. It’s good to meet other self learners. There is a small school here for language learning (in Denver, Colorado), but with nine kids I just don’t have the time to attend. Good luck with increasing your fluency! I feel like I’m speaking at a first grade level right now. :) Hopefully, the book you recommended will help!

    1. I LOVE INFINITE! OuO
      *coughs* Sorry about that. Fangirl. ^^;; Haha! Anyway, I hope you learn a lot from the book. I really love it. It’s really useful. I can speak two languages. English and Tagalog. My Korean still sucks so… yeah. Haha! English is my second language. Hmmm. Tagalog isn’t my mother tongue actually. I don’t live in Manila so I speak a different dialect. ^^;; I learned Tagalog when I was in grade school and got better at speaking it during high school.

      Thanks for dropping by my blog and good luck on learning Korean. 😀

  4. Hi Angeli! I’m Kess, also from the Philippines. Like you, I’m self studying Korean too. And we have similar experiences in how our interest in Korean started.. from those dramas and music. I love Big Bang, Infinite and DBSK as well. Though the first KPOP group I’ve known was DBSK. ^^ I like your blog so I followed. ^^ See you around! 😀

    1. Hey Kess! I’m sorry for the late reply. I haven’t been online for a long time. I’m so glad to see that many Filipinos are getting more interested with learning Korean. There are so many of us who wishes to learn Korean but only a few actually does something about it. I tried teaching my friends basic Korean but it looks like they don’t really wanna go through the tedious process of learning it and just wanna start talking it which is kinda absurd and impossible because I’ve been studying it for two years and yet I’m still not that confident that I’d be able to talk to a Korean without looking like an idiot while trying to mentally translate everything. XD Anyways, thanks for following my blog. 친하게 지냅시다 케쓰씨~ ^^

  5. It’s nice to meet you Angeli, I’m NyNy! Just wanted to stop by and say I like your posts.

    I hope when you have the time, you can check out some of mine and comment plus I’m still writing my travel entries when I went to Korea last year. I’d appreciate if you took a look. If you like posts on Asian pop culture and video games, there’s more on those too! :)
    http://nynyonline.co.uk

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